Jay-Z BET Awards

Rapper, record company boss, '99 Problems' and 'Empire State Of Mind' hitmaker, husband of Beyoncé – find out more about Jay-Z.

Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Born: 4 December 1969
Height: 6' 1.5" / 1.87 m
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Hometown: New York, USA

Did you know?

  • Jay-Z attended high school with fellow would-be rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.
  • He, Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs created Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995.
  • Jay-Z's 1998 hit 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)' samples the musical Annie.
  • In 2004, Jay-Z was named president of hip-hop leaders Def Jam Records.
  • When Jay-Z headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2008 he opened with Oasis's 'Wonderwall'.

First Single: In My Lifetime
First Album: Reasonable Doubt
First Big Top 40 No.1: Run This Town